When NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was on the air from Cairo this morning with Weekend Edition's Scott Simon, Egyptian Army tanks and personnel carriers rolled into Tahrir Square. And anti-government protesters, she said, were riding atop them — cheering and waving to others in the crowd.
"It is amazing how receptive the crowd is to the Army. ... They are welcoming them like heroes!" Soraya shouted over the noise.
"Why are people cheering and crawling all over the tanks?" Scott asked. "Are they certain the Army is on their side?"
Egypt this week seemed to be both poised to truly enter the 21st century and plunged back to 1980.
As protests have swelled, the Egyptian government methodically shut down almost all of the country's cell phone and Internet connections. All of the digital nerves that connect Egyptians to each other and Egypt to the world — e-mail, mobile phone calls and social networks — were suddenly severed, and with astonishing ease, though there are reports that some service has returned today.
Eric Spiegel knows about corporate taxes. He's the chief executive officer of the Siemens Corporation. That's the U.S. division of the multinational engineering company Siemens AG that's based in Germany. Mr. Spiegel is traveling in Mexico but he's found a few minutes to talk with us about the Obama administration's plans for corporate tax reform. Mr. Spiegel, thanks so much for being with us.
Mr. ERIC SPIEGEL (Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Corporation): Thank you, Scott, for having me on.
Wisconsin has long been a battleground state in presidential elections, but doesn't always get a lot of attention in non-election years. This week, however, the Badger State seemed to be the center of the universe with a presidential visit, a Wisconsin congressman giving the official GOP response to the State of the Union address and a Kenosha Republican now heading the Republican National Committee. And did we mention the Green Bay Packers? NPR's Don Gonyea reports.